We are currently working on the following projects – please contact us if you want to join any of our research projects, gain valuable research experience, share expertise, and develop your own research alongside ours.
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The Challenge of Building Trust Between Adversaries: This project pioneers the application of the concept of interpersonal trust to the international level, focusing on the psychological dispositions and interactions that lead political leaders to accept vulnerability in their interactions with the leaders of states with whom their state is in an adversarial relationship. The project examines how new trusting relationships that overcome the barriers to trust can be made possible (e.g. peaceful/defensive self-images, and bad faith models of the adversary). For more information, contact Nicholas Wheeler.
The development of trusting relationships in ASEAN: This project develops a multi-dimensional concept of trust, where the belief that constitutes trust has multiple sources of evidence that develop as a relationship does, which it applies to the development of trusting relationships in ASEAN. By exploring whether trusting relationships can eventually be maintained by trusting behaviour as practice, furthermore, it suggests a way in which trust between individuals can institutionalise - stabilising the trusting relationship by embedding trust as practice into a structure. Scott Edwards.
Trusting Relationships in Multilateral Agreements: This project focuses on the cooperation between nuclear weapon states. Is it meaningful to discuss trusting relationships between more than two individuals/groups/states? Can networks of trusting relationships exist? While research on trust has mostly focused on conceptualising dyadic relationships, this project examines the role trust might play in multilateral settings. For more information contact Ana Alecsandru.
A Counterfactual Study of the US - Iran Nuclear Relationship: This project looks at US-Iran relations through the prism of the security dilemma and multidisciplinary theorising on the concept of empathy. Although the project does not look specifically at trust, the researcher is broadly interested in the relationship between trust and empathy in processes of conflict resolution, and how mistrust can become institutionalised and deeply embedded in conflicts such as that between the United States and Iran. For more information contact Josh Baker.
Institution-based Trust (the Moscow Washington Hotline) in Cold War superpower relations: This project investigates the interaction between interpersonal and institution-based trust and their relationship to cooperation in international crisis situations. It examines two cases: the Six-Day War and the Yom Kippur War. For more information contact Eszter Simon.
Social Identity and Trust: This project applies psychology models of social identity to issues of trust and cooperation in post-'Troubles' Northern Ireland. For more information contact Sumedh Rao.
Organizational Reputations of Efficacy and Reliability and Media Responses to Blame: This project draws on theoretical insights in political psychology and public policy to examine the impact of reputations on political decision making. It investigates how organizational reputations of efficacy, generating expectations of confidence, and reputations of reliability generating expectations of trust, can predict the types of responses international business organizations provide when implicated in scandals or allegations of bad business practice, such as child labour or unsafe working conditions. For our data analysis we match data on international organizational reputations and corporate social responsibility (CSR) with content analysis data of organizational scandal and account coverage. For more information contact Tereza Capelos.
The Creation of the Hotline: This project focuses on the interaction of trust in different levels, but looks at this interaction more from the direction of the micro (interpersonal) level than on the mezo (group/state) level, taking into account insights from psychology. For more information contact Eszter Simon.
The role of trust and distrust in patient safety: This research undertaken with Carole Doherty (Surrey University) and Charitini Stavropoulou (City University) examines the patient clinician relationship and the role of trust and distrust in enabling and disabling patient safety. A sample of elective surgery patients and their caregivers narratives prior, during and post treatment provides insights into their experiences and the role of trust and distrust and their attitudes to decision making. Early findings indicate implications for the process of gaining patients consent, the utility of consent forms, and in particular the consequences of too much trust. For more information contact Mark Saunders.
Intra-organisational trust and distrust across cultures: This research scrutinises the relationship between trust and culture and questions whether trust is a universal (etic), as the current literature mainly assumes, or context and culture specific (emic). The importance of the relationship between culture and trust is increasingly recognised as central to the trust research and there have been calls for more emic approaches. In response to such calls, this research explores the relationship between culture and trust and also culture and distrust. Firstly, this research investigates the relationship between trust and distrust, providing empirical evidence on the continuing debate on the nature of distrust, and then explores how trust and distrust is formed across different cultural settings. For more information contact Neve Isaeva at NXI581@student.bham.ac.uk.
Building trust in virtual relationships: This project focuses on the development of trust between managers and employees of virtual sales teams. Much of the trust literature has focused on traditional working relationships, and the manager-employee dyad has been identified as one of the most important intra-organisational trust relationships. However studies of virtual teams have largely focused on employee-employee relationships, much of the research being conducted in laboratory settings. This research, conducted within multinational ICT companies, offers insights to organisations and dyad members about the range of antecedents of trust development in the manager-employee virtual dyad. For more information Contact Colin Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org.